Morning, February 13, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God. — 1 John 3:1-2
“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us.” Consider who we were, and what we feel ourselves to be even now when corruption is prevailing in us, and you will wonder at our adoption. Yet we are called “the children of God.” What an honored relationship is that of a son, and what privileges it brings! What care and tenderness the son expects from his father, and what love the father feels towards the son! But all that, and more than that, we now have through Christ. As for the temporary drawback of suffering with Jesus our elder brother, this we accept as an honor: “For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” We are content to be unknown with him in his humiliation, for we are to be exalted with him. “Beloved, now we are children of God.” That is easy to read, but it is not so easy to feel. How is it with your heart this morning? Are you in the lowest depths of sorrow? Does corruption rise within your spirit, and grace seem like a poor spark trampled underfoot? Does your faith almost fail you? Do not fear, it is neither your virtues nor feelings on which you are to live: you must live simply by faith in Christ. With all these things against us, now—in the very depths of our sorrow, wherever we may be—now, as much in the valley as on the mountain, “Beloved, now we are children of God.” “Ah, but,” you say, “see how I am situated! My virtues are not bright; my righteousness does not shine with any apparent glory.” But read the next part of this verse: “It has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him.” The Holy Spirit shall purify our minds, and divine power shall refine our bodies; then shall we see him as he is.